The value of journals past and present to your learning, practice, and research

An interview with 3rd year, Fine Art student, Ian Green by Beth Delwiche, Librarian, Learning, Teaching, and Research Services beth.delwiche@bcu.ac.uk

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BD: So Ian, I understand you have an interest in collecting things from the past? Is this right?

IA: Yes definitely, although I don’t really see things ‘from the past’ –

I see them as having different contexts and perspectives. It’s really interesting to see opinions from the time about what are now iconic artworks, it shows the impact they made (or lack thereof) and how different the attitudes in the art world were then.

 

BD: What sort of information would you use from them in your major project research and/ your practice?

IA:  As I say it’s amazing to understand how different opinions were decades ago and I think it’s really important to understand how attitudes change towards what we may consider important now. It allows us to see a trajectory from the past and an ability to understand where we are now and where we could be heading in the future. It gives us an insight into attitudes of the time and why certain things happened in that way. It’s astonishing how re-contextualisation can change things – it’s almost like re-writing history.

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BD: Do you have a favourite journal or book?

IA: I really enjoy Art International – especially the earlier ones (1962 – 73) as it’s fascinating to discover just why certain artworks and concepts made such an impact at the time. The early  issues of Art In America is also curious as there was so much happening and so many concepts, I can see many are recycled now under the guise of cutting edge movement, but the initial impetus is there. It’s easy to miss important info in the ‘reference only’ books because you don’t have the time to sit down and leaf through them.

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BD: Do you have any words of wisdom to offer (as a 3rd year) to offer other students about using the library service?

IA: I don’t know about words of wisdom ! …but I do spend a lot of time digging into the books and trying to find artists and movements I’ve never heard of. There are a lot of very rare and important books in the library that have had an huge impact on me and I you won’t find them anywhere else – believe me ! Spend some time checking out artists you’ve never heard of and obscure concepts and theories, often they can help you make a breakthrough in your work you’ve been looking for.

All images (c) Beth Delwiche.

^Posted on behalf of Beth Delwiche.

February LIKE event

 

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The LIKE event took place on 5th February 2020. These events are really good to bring staff from across Library & Learning Resources together, to share their experience about conferences, courses and visits we’ve been to, or new things we’ve come across. You can read about our previous LIKE events here.

Highlights of information shared:

Acting on information from the National Student Survey last year, one of our collection management team did a Student Purchasing Project which provided students with a budget of £6000 to purchase books for the library, in this instance focused on the subject of Build and Environment.   The price limit per book is £75.  The students formed a subgroup to help them decide which books to buy.  The project appears to have been a success as several of the books are popular and on the reservation list; and the students said that they had learned new skills such as budgetary management, organisation, and communication with peers and academic staff.

The Mercian collaboration is professional network of 23 Higher Education libraries in the Midlands.  They hold the Mercian conference every year in the Autumn based on different themes each year – for 2020 the theme is “Diversity and Inclusion”.  Charlie is one of the organisers of the conference, and this year it is taking place in Birmingham so it is a good opportunity for us to attend for networking, gaining practical information or being inspired by what others are doing.

Other comments of interest 

  • The University is investing in PURE (PUblication and REsearch) a database programme developed by Elsevier which stores and integrates information on research activity.
  • An informal support group is being proposed for those doing the CILIP qualification.
  • The Athena Swan group are looking at gender equality and gender balance in Higher Education.
  • A research project on the impact of Academic involvement on student experiences through interview and case studies in underway.
  • The Collection Management team is organising a conference “Collection management : Share the Experience” on the 26th June   
  • Look out for xChange festival for international Women’s Day in March/April.
  • Northampton has no physical space dedicated to their Library, no gate, no security, library staff can be contacted online, no lecture theatre. All students receive a laptops.
  • The Open University records interactions with students via email so the tutors can track conversations, as students are not on campus.
  • At Warwick University, they found that Autistic Students often don’t register with Student services. They also prefer online interaction.
  • Some libraries have removed library fines and found that was not successful so they have now reinstated fine.

 

Posted on behalf of Nitaya Bion, Librarian (Customer Services, Seacole Library)

Words of romance

For Valentine’s Day we are looking at items in our archive collection with the theme of love and romance.

Pan-Pipes

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Originally published in 1883, Pan-Pipes is book of old songs, many of which are based on love and romance.  Composer Theo Marzials arranged the songs and accompaniments and artist Walter Crane created beautiful illustrations to accompany them.

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OpenAthens Testing

Your Library and Learning Resources (L&LR) team will be testing OpenAthens, one of our methods of authenticating your access to our eResources on:

  • Thursday 19th December 8am to 9am

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OpenAthens Tests

Your Library and Learning Resources (L&LR) team will be testing OpenAthens, one of our methods of authenticating your access to our eResources on:

  • Thursday 17th October 8am to 9am
  • Thursday 24th October 8am to 9am

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